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Man Utd legend Edwin van der Sar says players will ‘take it into their own hands’ if Fifa and Uefa cannot tackle racism

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FORMER Manchester United star Edwin van der Sar has warned players “will take it into their own hands” if Fifa and Uefa cannot show they are determined to tackle racism.

England’s players have been promised they will not face a repeat of their Hungarian race hell when they walk out in Poland tonight.

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Ajax chief Edwin van der Sar says players will take their own action against racism[/caption]

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England stars raced racial abuse in Hungary last week[/caption]

But Dutch ace van der Sar, now chief executive at Ajax, believes players will no longer put up with excuses and words of condemnation.

He said: “We want organisations to step in. 

“If there’s widespread racism or certain actions, certain points, probably players will take it into their own hands if organisations and governing bodies are not doing enough about this. 

“And I think the moment is coming closer and closer. 

“So it’s now time for organisations to really put an emphasis on these kinds of horrible actions from the stands, as we’ve been talking for a long time, and now we need more severe actions.”

Gareth Southgate has braced his side for more of the same in Poland.

But Legia Warsaw boss Dariusz Mioduski insisted: “All I heard in Poland is criticism of what happened to the England players in Hungary. 


“I haven’t heard anything else.

“So I am not worried that similar things will happen in Poland, because clearly everybody was appalled by this.”

England stars Raheem Sterling and Jude Bellingham were subject to vile monkey chants in Budapest during last week’s World Cup qualifier.

Southgate’s men were booed prior to kick-off following England’s decision to take the knee before thrashing Hungary 4-0.

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England fans at Wembley get behind the team’s anti-racist message[/caption]

Manchester City winger Sterling was even pelted with missiles after breaking the deadlock at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson also took to social media to blast the disgusting behaviour from the home fans.

He said: “It is completely unacceptable that England players were racially abused in Hungary last night.

“I urge FIFA to take strong action against those responsible to ensure that this kind of disgraceful behaviour is eradicated from the game for good.”



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